use default lists of privileged passwords, or the super-user/administrative codes built into every piece of hardware and software.
No longer is it driven by script kiddies
. Financial fraud is a multi-million pound business - and with new tools at their disposal, the fraudsters are playing hardball.
The Script Kiddies
claimed responsibility for the hack in an interview with the (http://thinksb.com/2011/07/think-talks-with-the-group-that-hacked-a-fox-news-twitter-account/) U.S.
"In the past, the "script kiddies
" were the common attackers.
The phrase "script kiddies
" has been around for years, an insulting moniker for teen nuisance hackers working from the bedroom, and then there is LulzSec, a high percentage of whom turned out to be teenage or thereabouts.
Much talked-about 'script kiddies
' and teenage hackers can mask the real threat posed by cyber-espionage.
While there are probably more questions than answers at this point what is becoming increasingly clear is the Pentagon and by extension the United States government has noticed that hacking isn't just for script kiddies
"The actors who make up the hacker group 'Anonymous' and several likely related offshoots like 'LulzSec', continue to harass public and private sector entities with rudimentary exploits and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) commonly associated with less skilled hackers referred to as 'Script Kiddies
," read a Homeland Security bulletin.
Hacking group the Script Kiddies
appeared to claim responsibility for the attack.
This is just a warning to all script kiddies
'The types of attack, the execution and exploitation require significant resources and co-ordination, which implies professional hackers and organised crime have taken over a domain once ruled by 'script kiddies
' and one-off hackers.'
According to Dave Cole, director, Symantec Security Response, these uber-professional bad guys with their eyes on the bottom line have supplanted the "script kiddies
" who were simply trying to be annoying and to rack up bragging rights.